Hyperdimension Neptunia is Mad

Posted by PatPandaHat (113 posts) -

If you had told me that I would be playing a game almost entirely constructed from meta-jokes about the video game industry, built within a framework of a JRPG and visual novel, I may have called you mad. I may have called the publishers mad. I may have called the world itself mad.
 
But here I am, playing Hyperdimension Neptunia. When the prologue cutscenes of your game manages to to make a "Genesis does what Nintendon't" joke in 2011 and more surprisingly makes it work, I'm truthfully unsure what could await me further into the game. Summons of Fantasy Zone, dungeons where you're chasing a remarkably fast blue... wolf, an extended discussion regarding the breast size of respective consoles, an almost Final Fantasy 13-esque stagger meter as part of the battle mechanics...
 
This game is weird in ways I didn't know video games could be. Though ultimately, what shocks me about it is not that it was simply made. I have far too much knowledge about Japanese geek culture for that to be surprising. What shocks me is that it was released in the West of all things. How did that happen? I have no real idea, but I'm just glad it was.

#1 Posted by PatPandaHat (113 posts) -

If you had told me that I would be playing a game almost entirely constructed from meta-jokes about the video game industry, built within a framework of a JRPG and visual novel, I may have called you mad. I may have called the publishers mad. I may have called the world itself mad.
 
But here I am, playing Hyperdimension Neptunia. When the prologue cutscenes of your game manages to to make a "Genesis does what Nintendon't" joke in 2011 and more surprisingly makes it work, I'm truthfully unsure what could await me further into the game. Summons of Fantasy Zone, dungeons where you're chasing a remarkably fast blue... wolf, an extended discussion regarding the breast size of respective consoles, an almost Final Fantasy 13-esque stagger meter as part of the battle mechanics...
 
This game is weird in ways I didn't know video games could be. Though ultimately, what shocks me about it is not that it was simply made. I have far too much knowledge about Japanese geek culture for that to be surprising. What shocks me is that it was released in the West of all things. How did that happen? I have no real idea, but I'm just glad it was.

#2 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -
@PatPandaHat:  XD glad to see some people are enjoying the game here on giantbomb.
#3 Posted by buft (3321 posts) -

I honestly dont think i could take the characters/voice actors. as much as i love RPGs the whole over the top style of the game leaves me underwhelmed but different folk/strokes.

#4 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

Mine should be in later this months.  I is excited. 
 

#5 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -

@KaosAngel: COMPA / NEPTUNE OVER NEPTUNE/CHANGED NEPTUNE!
#6 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -
@Catolf: Alright, that's it I'm looking for some doujinshi for this game while I wait for the shipment.  
#7 Posted by Gaff (1849 posts) -
@PatPandaHat "No, wait. They didn't just refer to... Oh, they totally did!" is something I muttering to myself way too often in my first ten levels of the game.

That, and trying to figure out what the "Avenir" company is referring to. It couldn't be... Nah.
#8 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" @Catolf: Alright, that's it I'm looking for some doujinshi for this game while I wait for the shipment.   "
Now you just gave me ideas..  I'd love to see some doujinshi of them both together, if you find any let me know!
#9 Posted by Hyperfludd (374 posts) -

I was happy when I got this game from GameFly. This game was disappointing. 
 
The concept and humor is there and I like the cast, but man..playing it is such a massive chore. Especially with it's retarded healing system. 
 
As much as I love the heroes (and especially the English VA, very great job), playing it was just not that fun for me. Power to those that do though. As they say, different strokes for different folks. Also oh god @ that Neptune picture. Is that mayo? Gross! :P

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